Three powered wheelchairs were presented to Ireland schoolchildren at this year’s Open at Royal Portrush.
Receiving their chairs from Peter and Jackie Alliss were James Little, 13, and Euin Moore, 10, both pupils at Fleming Fulton, Belfast, and Saoirse Ryan-Lunn, 10, a pupil at St John’s Primary School, Coleraine.
Also taking part in the presentation (pictured) were Chris Hilton, captain of the R&A, Michael Moss, former secretary/manager of Portstewart Golf Club and Geoff Goldsborough of Perennials RFC.
Our sincere thanks go to all those who have helped to make this happen.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I can’t begin to say how amazing his is and how much of a difference this will make to Louis’ life.
Hi to all you wonderful people who have been so very kind in raising funds for our brave princess Georgia. We are so excited as this will make a huge difference to Georgia and ourselves. Georgia’s current chair weighs around 100kg with Georgia sitting in it and her equipment. So it’s very heavy and I’m only 5ft 2 so this will be amazing. I also suffer with fibromyalgia so really struggle. Once again massive thank yous!
Tracey, Paul, Dan & Georgia x – 2017
It will make a great difference to my life because it will make everyday tasks easier, and where the wheelchair can rise it will help with my anxiety so I can be at the same level as other people instead of others looking down on me or completely ignoring me, it will also make me more independent.
The chair will make a huge difference to Harry’s independence. His biggest love is his sausage dog ‘Poppy’ and now with his powered wheelchair he will be able to take her out for a walk without assistance. This is a big thing for Harry.
A power chair makes a real difference to our family as it gives Summer some much needed independence. It also makes it much easier for us to go out as a family and not have to worry about if we will manage with pushing Summer around in her manual chair over the day as with being 13 she can get quite heavy to push and if it’s just me taking Summer out I start to struggle after a little while pushing and keeping and eye on my youngest too.
A powered wheelchair gives me the ability to go out with my friends and not be dependent on people pushing me, it means I have more independence in every aspect of life and therefore improves it as a whole.
“The problem with a family member being less abled than others is that it can effect daily family life. You can find yourselves not going places or doing activities because of simple access situations that normally you wouldn’t even think about. Having a chair for Ellis will mean that he can go places with the rest of his family that currently he is unable to go and be part of the family once again. Ellis can only walk very short distances now and when he does he often falls due to the weakness in his legs. His incurable condition can only deteriorate, so having the safety of his chair to help him to prevent injury and to enjoy family life as much as possible is a relief to us as parents. His quality of life shall improve immensely. Becky and I thank you, the golf club, and everyone who was involved in fundraising from the bottom of our hearts to help Ellis become mobile once again.” – Ellis’s Parents
“The powered chair and its flexibility make a world of difference to Nina. Because of her visual impairment the NHS will not fund a powered chair so the only way that Nina can have a degree of independence is to have use of a powered chair. This is an absolute necessity at college where she can navigate the routes to the various classes and get involved in learning how to take visual prompts when out in the community. The other really useful feature for Nina of this chair is the ‘recline’ position. Since Nina’s spinal surgery, sitting for long periods can be uncomfortable so it a great relief to be able to recline even for short periods. As far as the family goes it is just the pleasure of knowing that Nina has the best and most appropriate seating available.” – Tim, Nina’s Dad
“It will make such a huge difference to Connor and our family as we will be able to explore more places. He is getting so big that it is almost impossible now to push him uphill, and any uneven terrain was just inaccessible. The powered chair gives us the freedom to go anywhere now, regardless of how steep the hills are! It really will make such a big difference to all our lives. Really can’t thank the generosity of the Peter Alliss Masters charity enough for their life changing contribution.” – Shelley, Connor’s Mum
|Mon 10 Jun||Cooden Charity Golf Day||Cooden Beach GC, East Sussex|
|Thu 13 Jun||37th Wheelchair Classic||Helsby GC, Helsby, Cheshire|
|Thu 13 & Fri 14 Jun||British Turkey Federation Golf Day||Belton Woods, Grantham, Lincolnshire|
|14-21 Jul||The Open 2019||Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland|
|Sat 20 Jul||PAM Golf Day||Leek GC, Staffordshire|
|Fri 26 Jul||PAM Golf Day||Cowdray GC, Sussex|
|Mon 16 & Tue 17 Sep||MEGA Day||Helsby GC, Cheshire|
|Mon 7 Sep||The Peter Alliss Invitational||Ferndown GC, Hampshire|
|Mon 16 & Tue 17 Sep||2019 PETER ALLISS MASTERS||Old Thorns. Liphook, Hampshire|
|Sat 23rd Nov||Glitz & Glamour Evening||Helsby GC, Helsby, Cheshire|
Although due to the coronavirus many events have been cancelled this year the Peter Alliss Masters Wheelchair Tournament will be going ahead in conjunction with the Alliss Challenge which itself raises money for bowel cancer research.
This one-off very special 2020 event celebrating both charities will be held on Friday 9th October at Old Thorns, Liphook. ( www.oldthorns.com ).
The cost includes welcoming coffee/tea/bacon butties, 18 holes of golf, presentation ceremony of wheelchairs to local young people, rolling barbecue/buffet, and prize giving.
To enter a team or play as an individual, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your Name, handicap and email address.
- Your remaining team members names and handicaps.
- Payment and reference to payment direct to Sort Code 20-11-39, A/C 20956791.